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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Curry's Fork Creek, La Grange, Kentucky, USA

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Curry's Fork Creek, La Grange, Kentucky, USA
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Registered: August 2009
City/Town/Province: La Grange
Posts: 1
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Enjoying nature and the natural beauty found in areas undisturbed by man is a wonderful experience. To watch a creek flow effortlessly through a hardwood bottom, as the autumn leaves twirl in the wind before dipping into the water, is like being in a magical place. Watching wood ducks, with their beautiful colors reflecting as they cross beams of sunshine that somehow find their way to the forest floor, is something you can only appreciate by being a part of nature. There is such a place fairly close to my home. I have spent countless hours exploring Curry creek and the surrounding woods. This creek bottom is a haven for deer, turkey, ducks, and many other animals. Ferns are in abundance along with dense patches of honeysuckle and large hardwood trees of many types. Unfortunately, the peace and serenity found in the forest was tarnished by the amount of trash I found along the creek banks and in the surrounding flood plain.

My name is Cole. I am a senior at Oldham County High School in Buckner, KY. I decided I wanted to help clean and protect such beautiful places. I believe it is vitally important that we protect our environment and keep it as natural as possible. Free flowing creeks and streams are a vital part of the environment and plants and animals depend on them to exist.

To begin my project, I needed volunteers. I created a web site seeking volunteers through the American Rivers Association. I also asked for volunteers from my local service club at my school. Along with volunteers, I cleaned five miles of Curry’s Fork Creek. We removed plastic bags, tires, rusted metal, and even fifty-five gallon drums from the creek. It was such a great feeling to be able to help clean the creek and return it to its natural state.

In an effort to further protect free-flowing rivers and streams in Kentucky, I joined the Kentucky Waterways Association. I have been trained to obtain water samples and do various tests while gathering the samples. I am the supervising sampler for my area. Following prescribed procedures, every three months I collect water samples and update a data sheet on the creek conditions such as clarity, flow rate, and other physical data in and around the creek. I submit the data and water samples to a lab for further analysis. These results are shared with local and state officials to help monitor water quality throughout Kentucky.

By taking action, I have been able to make a difference in our environment and help preserve it for future generations. I plan to continue my efforts to support our environment in the future. My goal is to attend college next year and to become involved in even more environmental projects. We all need to do what we can to keep our planet as natural as possible and co-exist with nature as environmentally friendly as possible.

Thank you for considering me for the Apprentice Ecologist Essay Scholarship.
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Hours Volunteered: 50
Volunteers: 5
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 17 & 17 to 46
Area Restored for Native Wildlife (hectares): 4.0
Trash Removed/Recycled from Environment (kg): 150
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